In a speech on the Senate floor, Republican Utah Senator Mike Lee said that the best way for Americans to fight climate change is to "fall in love" and have "more babies." Lee has expressed doubt regarding the large body of research that shows human activity as the main contributor to climate change in the past.
On Tuesday, he bashed a resolution that explained the key principles to the Green New Deal—the congressional resolution introduced last month by New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey.
“I’m not immediately afraid of what carbon emissions unaddressed might do to our environment in the near future, or our civilization or our planet in the next few years,” Lee said. “I’m mostly afraid of not being able to get through this speech with a straight face.”
Tongue-in-cheek, he continued, “I rise today to consider the Green New Deal with the seriousness it deserves.” He proceeded to compare the Democrats' proposal to a series of fantastical images including a cartoon of President Ronald Reagan riding a velociraptor and firing a machine gun.
The Green New Deal proposes job creation through the renewable energy sector, aiming to ensure that workers have “a job with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security.” Contrary to what many Republicans have claimed, while the resolution aims to reduce greenhouse gases from the agricultural sector, it does not call to eliminate cows.
“Climate change is no joke but the Green New Deal is a joke,” Lee said. “It is the legislative equivalent of Austin Powers’ Dr. Evil demanding sharks with frickin’ lasers on their heads.”
The solution, he concluded, was to “fall in love, get married and have some kids.”